Los Guardianes del Maíz/ The Keepers of Corn
A documentary directed by Gustavo Vazquez
Duration: 60 minutes Synopsis
The 2021 Red Nation International Film Festival, Best Documentary Feature Film Winner
Indigenous farmers, artisans and cooks all tell this story – in Spanish and in their own languages – of the origins of native corn and how their ancestors shepherded the ever-evolving seeds out of the dawn of agriculture and into the 21st Century; a collective labor involving over 350 generations. Their voices are joined by community leaders, scientists, chefs and others whose knowledge and activism stand, not only in defense of food sovereignty and the genetic integrity, diversity and community ownership of native seeds, but in defense of a durable cultural legacy and a way of life.